Toe Nails and Cable Ties

In the course of commenting on another blog, The Marine Installer’s Rant, I recalled a serendipitous technique I use to reduce bloodstains in the bilge.

Many of you have encountered the fangs of clipped cable ties I’m sure. Some years ago while working on Bright Star, I ended up infected and scarred from one too many cable tie slashes and gashes in a bilge that was a ’50s science fiction movie monster breeding pit (we had just taken delivery of the sixteen year old boat).

In the weeks following, I stumbled on using toe-nail clippers to finish trim the ties.  The arc cut end or ratchet case itself may leave one abraded, but I have yet to experience a laceration from one so trimmed.

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